Entercom and Minnesota Twins Announce Multiyear Contract Extension
102.9 The Wolf to Simulcast 830 WCCO Radio Broadcast of Twins Baseball
PHILADELPHIA, PA – March 3, 2020 – Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and the unrivaled leader in sports radio, and the Minnesota Twins have announced a multiyear broadcast extension through the 2023 season. As part of the agreement, 830 WCCO (WCCO-AM) will continue serving as the flagship station of the Twins. Highlights of the extension include the simulcast of all Twins Spring Training, regular season and postseason games on sister station 102.9 The Wolf (KMNB-FM) for the first time. Simulcasts will begin on March 7 when the Twins take on the Detroit Tigers at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
“We are proud to extend our partnership with the Twins with the addition of game simulcasts on 102.9 The Wolf, providing a second home for the team’s fans,” said Shannon Knoepke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Minneapolis. “As we celebrate our 50th year of partnership with Twins baseball, we are committed to providing our listeners with premier coverage of their hometown team.”
“We are thrilled to further extend our successful broadcast partnership with Entercom, while also bringing Twins baseball to an FM audience as a supplement to our metro flagship home on 830 WCCO,” said Dave St. Peter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Twins. “While WCCO is synonymous with Twins baseball, we are excited to ensure even greater access through our simulcast on 102.9 The Wolf. We applaud and thank Entercom leadership for their shared vision in making Twins radio broadcasts an industry leader.”
The 2020 season marks the 50th that 830 WCCO and the Minnesota Twins have partnered to bring Twins baseball to the airwaves across the metro area. In addition to game broadcasts, the longstanding partnership also features club-produced game broadcasts and 30-minute pregame and postgame shows. 830 WCCO will continue to serve as the club’s Twin Cities metro area affiliate and as the flagship station of the Treasure Island Baseball Network, while featuring comprehensive Twins coverage throughout the season – including special promotions and gameday shows originating on-location in and around Target Field; from Ft. Myers, Florida during Spring Training; and at community events across Twins Territory.
With this agreement, the Twins join the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians as the only four clubs in Major League Baseball to have both an FM and AM presence in their designated market area. With this partnership, the Twins will have the most expansive flagship radio coverage of any team in Major League Baseball.
830 WCCO and 102.9 The Wolf are RADIO.COM stations. RADIO.COM, the fastest growing digital audio app in the United States and the leader in local sports coverage, currently has over 500 stations and thousands of podcasts, with more added continuously on its rapidly growing platform. RADIO.COM is a part of Entercom.
About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading American media and entertainment company reaching and engaging over 170 million people each month through its premier collection of highly rated, award winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events. As one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom offers integrated marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a national scale with coverage of close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top 50 markets. Entercom is the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.audacyinc.wpengine.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).
About Treasure Island Baseball Network
In 2007, the Twins and Learfield (formerly the Minnesota News Network) assumed control and development of the Twins Radio Network, with Treasure Island Resort & Casino becoming the first-ever naming rights partner for the network in 2010. Historically, the Twins Radio Network has been one of the largest in all of Major League Baseball with hometown radio partners bringing Twins baseball to fans across five states. The Treasure Island Baseball Network has grown to include 84 stations throughout Twins Territory as of the 2020 season.